Crostini Toasts with Orange Rhubarb Sauce + Cooking Light cookbook giveaway

Crostini Toasts with Orange Rhubarb Sauce |

You may be surprised by my pick as the most brilliant page among all the brilliant pages of The New Way to Cook Light, a new cookbook by Cooking Light. There is the flawless Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins I’ve made a half dozen times, the Orange and Avocado Salsa that Deanna and I have both made and loved and the Quick Chicken Noodle Soup that I cooked all winter long.

Now these recipes are obviously simple – so simple that I have just winged-it when I’ve made salsa or soup in the past.

But my results from ‘winging it’ have been inconsistent.

That’s why this cookbook really is brilliant – it has recipes for stand-by classics that are really, really good; and recipes for dishes which are a little more special like Shrimp Pad Thai or Sesame-Ginger Glazed Asparagus.

Now to my pick for the “most brilliant” page: Page 23, entitled “Diverse Dippers,” and here’s why:
When I am grilling bread, making Spicy Tortilla Strips or toasting Basic Crostini, it’s usually for party guests. Thus, I’m likely stressed and rather pressed for time. So, having carefully tested, tried-and-true instructions written out for me (yes, even for toasting bread so I don’t burn it and ruin the entire appetizer) is of great help. (Plus if you’re doing a Crudite Tray, will no longer have to search on your smart phone to discover about how long to blanch green beans or asparagus…while chatting with an early guest. Yes I’ve done this.)

Crostini Toasts with Orange Rhubarb Sauce |

The meticulous test kitchens at Cooking Light have done all recipe-testing (and timed bread toasting!) It’s become my go-to-guide.

Thus, this particular Basic Crostini came out perfect topped with my Orange Rhubarb Sauce recipe and aged Cabot Cheddar – a super simple spring appetizer for Easter dinner.

Crostini Toasts with Orange Rhubarb Sauce |

Orange Rhubarb Sauce


  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 cups rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice


  1. Combine orange zest, rhubarb, sugar and 1/3 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat - stirring occasionally - 6 to 8 minutes, until rhubarb is very soft and just starting to fall apart.
  2. Stir in salt and orange juice.
  3. Serve warm over ice cream, or room temperature/cold on toasts with cheese.

Win a copy of Cooking Light’s new, award nominated cookbook!
We are giving away one copy of  The New Way to Cook Light cookbook which is a 2013 James Beard Cookbook Award nominee in the “Focus on Health” category AND is a 2013 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award finalist in both the Health/Special Diet and Compilations categories.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. As a member of Cooking Light’s Bloggers’ Connection, I was provided with a cookbook to review and one to give away, but the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Natalie S says:

    I love America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Cookbook!

  2. I love the cooking light cookbooks. Also a big fan of how to cook everything vegetarian by mark bittman

  3. Super Natural Kitchen from Heidi Swanson

  4. I don’t have any Light Cookbooks so this would be a wonderful addition to my library.

  5. The Best Light Recipe (Cooks Illustrated). It’s the best!

  6. I love the cooking light series of cookbooks and have almost all of the yearbooks. I also love Devin Alexander’s and Ellie Kreiger’s cookbooks and Bobby Deen’s new one. Candice Kumace is also a favorite. This would be a great addition to my collection and I would put it to good use.

  7. I don’t have a particular cookbook that’s a favorite, but I cook healthily with my own recipes.

  8. Alison Uher says:

    Excited to check out this new cookbook!

  9. Patricia says:

    I’ve been collecting cookbooks for a while. Martha Rose Schulman and Mark Bittman are two of my favorite authors, while the Cooking Light seasonal cookbook is a staple for my farmer’s market finds.

  10. Rox Anne Krakowski says:

    Need a good cookbook!!

  11. I don’t have any ‘healthy’ cookbook per se- in need of 1 and will be grateful to win this one!


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